Social Caricature in the Eighteenth Century
Special DA485 SZ28
Despite the fact that this image is a caricature, the ‘Maccaroni’ was a real fashion phenomenon. Popularised in the 1760s, the ‘Maccaroni’ look reached its zenith in the early 1770s. Here is the ‘Maccaroni’ in a dressing room at the Pantheon on Oxford Street in London – an assembly room opened in 1772 where members of ‘high society’ paraded themselves and socialised at balls and masquerades. His outfit is described as ‘high wig, huge nosegay [flower bouquet], tasselled coat, striped hose, and rosette shoes’.
George Paston [Symonds], “Social Caricature in the Eighteenth Century,” ourheritage.ac.nz | OUR Heritage, accessed April 21, 2018, http://otago.ourheritage.ac.nz/items/show/9848.
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